I had become aware of the scale of the problem for dogs being offered free because of a dog chat forum I belonged to. At that time it was all about the issues of bait dogs for the dog fighting community and I joined a group of people that looked for the free adverts and messages the owners warning about this.
We would send out a standard message and hope that we were helping the dogs involved
I soon realised that the enormous amount of 'free dogs' was too big to even begin making a difference. Aware that all breeds were being looked at by the other people helping I decided to just concentrate on Border Collies and they are my passion and I hoped that by concentrating on a few I could then help more. That same week I found the advert for Stout and Diva (who are to be found in 'Success Stories') they were local to me and it was obvious after talking to the owner that this was urgent and needed more than just warning the owner of the dangers out there. Thats when this started, somehow within 2 days I had them on their way to Border Collie Spot Rescue, and I realised that it was actually possible to find rescue places for the free collies if the owners were willing and needed help.